Today's racecards

Ascot

  • 15:10 25th Anniversary Of The Victor Chandler Chase 2m 1f

  • Winner £59,084 2nd £22,260 3rd £11,140 4th £5,565
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 4m 9.00s
  • Off time: 15:11:23
15:10 Ascot Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Somersby (IRE) 9/2
2nd Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 5/2
3rd Al Ferof (FR) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 3111-11 YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Al Ferof (FR) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
7 11-7 P F Nicholls R Walsh 5/23.50
2 11121-1 White, black cap Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 25
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-7 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 157 5/23.50
3 2/2P-233 Red and White stripes, hooped sleeves, striped cap Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 25
Nag me
10 11-7 p T Cooper B J Cooper 159 12/113.00
4 528-1F1 Brown, orange epaulets, beige sleeves, orange cap Gauvain (GER) 44
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-7 Nick Williams N Fehily 162 13/27.50
5 21/467-9 Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star I'm So Lucky 14
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-7 bt D Pipe Timmy Murphy 150 66/167.00
6 24-3043 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 25
Nag meDistance Winner
10 11-7 C L Tizzard J Tizzard 152 33/134.00
7 53-1224 Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Somersby (IRE) 26
Nag me
8 11-7 p1 Miss H C Knight D Elsworth 166 9/25.50
8 21-1652 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 25
Nag me
9 11-7 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 162 15/28.50

Verdict

FINIAN'S RAINBOW's only defeat over fences remains his second to Captain Chris in last year's Arkle Chase. Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old survived a serious blunder on the final circuit to beat today's rivals Wishfull Thinking and Oiseau De Nuit a shade cosily on his comeback at Kempton and, though he possibly lacks the class of some previous winners of this Grade 1 contest, looks the one to beat. Al Ferof is the least exposed in the race having only had two starts over the larger obstacles. He was all out to beat For Non Stop at Sandown last month, however, and the second has been beaten since in novice company. Somersby found only Master Minded too good 12 months ago and has the beating of Gauvain and I'm So Lucky on that run. But he probably prefers a longer trip nowadays while it's a long time since Forpadydeplasterer was in the winner's enclosure, though it would be no surprise to see the Irish raider sneak into a place again.